A lot of people don’t think about roses as a food source but around here, they are an important part of our perennial food landscape. We use both the petals and the hips for culinary, health, soap and skincare recipes.
I’ve tried a variety of methods and removing the tiny hairs from inside the hip can often be tedious. I’ve found a really easy way to dry rose hips while removing the hairs and wanted to share the technique. It’s a big time saver!
Through the summer we will collect and dry rose petals. When autumn arrives the rose hips on our rose bushes start turning from green to a delicious ripe red. The early morning after the first frost we head out with our pails to collect the rose hips to make jams, jellies, syrup, wine and tea. There is a small window of time to collect the rose hips in their prime.